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In This Issue

  1. Evergreen Indiana Celebrates Anniversary, Welcomes New Libraries

  2. Hoosier 4th Graders Invited to Enter Statehood Day Essay Contest

  3. Historic Civil War Photos Sought for Poster Contest

More Library News

Evansville Courier & Press

Hot weather means power bills set to 'high'

Evansville Courier & Press

One Book selection tells tale of English Channel isle's occupation

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Why a dog may be a young reader's best friend

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Local man shows off collection of animal skeletons at ACPL

Hendricks County Flyer

Plainfield library embraces e-books

Northwest Indiana Times

ECPL encourages students to get their library cards

Plymouth Pilot News

PHS students on one-to-one ratio with laptops

Pulaski Post

9/11 ... Pulaski County remembers

Shelbyville News

Library celebrates summer readers

Washington Times-Herald

Council questions line item for library

WTHR-TV (Indianapolis)

Indianapolis Marion County Public Library hopes to restore hours

Zionsville Times Sentinel

County questions library appointments

Zionsville Times Sentinel

Library awarded grant to enhance eBook collection


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Evergreen Indiana Celebrates Anniversary, Welcomes New Libraries

Evergreen Indiana Turns 3

On August 25, 2008, the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville) became the first library to migrate to Evergreen Indiana.  By January 2009, an additional 17 libraries migrated to the enterprise-class Evergreen integrated library system (ILS).  Today, Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of 90 public, school and institutional libraries located throughout Indiana. The Evergreen Indiana catalog now holds over 2.6 million unique bibliographic records and provides access to over 6.2 million items for the 821,000 Indiana residents served by Evergreen Indiana libraries.

What originally turned the Indiana State Library and Hussey-Mayfield on to Evergreen was its scalability. At the time, it was unknown whether one, 10, or 100 Indiana libraries would participate in the initiative. Over the past three years, Evergreen Indiana has grown into one of the largest Evergreen consortiums in the world and a leader in the global Evergreen community.

“From the beginning, the State Library had high expectations for Evergreen Indiana due to the software’s rapid development and flexibility,” said Roberta Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. “As Evergreen Indiana celebrates its third birthday and approaches 100 member libraries, we remain strongly committed to the further development and improvement of this low-cost ILS alternative for Indiana libraries.”

During its anniversary week, Evergreen Indiana also welcomed four new libraries. The Osgood Public Library, Greentown Public Library, Tell City-Perry County Public Library and Cannelton Public Library went live this week. The latter two libraries will merge beginning January 1, 2012 under the name Perry County Public Libraries.

The Evergreen Indiana Consortium continues to accept applications from libraries seeking to migrate to Evergreen. For more information about Evergreen Indiana, visit Information and Resources for Interested Libraries or contact Shauna Borger, Evergreen Indiana Coordinator at 317-234-6536 or

Hoosier 4th-Graders Invited to Enter Statehood Day Essay Contest

What Indiana Means to Me Essay ContestThe Indiana State House Tour Office and Indiana Center for the Book invites Hoosier fourth graders to enter the 2011 "What Indiana Means to Me" Essay Contest in conjunction with Indiana Statehood Day - a celebration of Indiana’s 195th birthday. Winners will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration taking place on Friday, December 9, 2011, from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. EST, at the Indiana State House.

The contest is open to any Indiana public, private or home-schooled fourth-grade student. Essays must to range from 100 to 400 words and convey what living in the state of Indiana means to the student.  Essays must be postmarked by October 28, 2011. For complete contest guidelines and entry rules visit

Historic Civil War Photos Sought for Poster Contest

Indiana Archives Month Photo ContestThe Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is seeking photo submissions for the 2011 Indiana Archives Month poster. This year’s theme is Indiana and the Civil War.  Any Indiana resident with an original photograph that has an Indiana connection and was taken during the Civil War era (1861-1865) is encouraged to submit a high-quality reproduction for consideration. The winning photo(s) will be featured in a poster to raise public awareness of the importance and historical significance of Indiana’s archival and historical repositories.

Photo submissions are due Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 and will be reviewed by the Indiana Archives Month Committee and Indiana SHRAB.  For complete contest rules and more information about Indiana Archives Month, please visit

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

This September, baseball Hall of Famer and author Cal Ripken will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card. It's not too late to begin your local Library Card Sign-up Month promotions. Download customizable PSAs and promotional material online. Sample media tools are also available to remind the public of all the resources available for free with a library card. Tools include a sample press release, newsletter article, proclamation and PSA scripts.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

2011 CYPD Conference
When: August 28 & 29
Where: Indianapolis Marriott North

Geek the Library Introductory Webinar
When: September 1 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Live Online

ECRR Workshop Series
When: September 1, 6, 9, 24 & 29
Where: Multiple Locations

Evergreen Introduction Cataloguing
When: September 12 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Admin/Reports Training
When: September 12 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

SE Indiana YA Roundtable
When: September 12 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library

2011 SAMS Pre-conference & Conference
When: September 15 & 16
Where: West Lafayette PL

ACPL Library Camp 2011
When: September 16
Where: Allen Co. Public Library

Evergreen Indiana Circulation Training
When: September 22 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Indiana Vision Expo/Walk
When: September 24 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Legislative Forum
When: October 4 (All Day)
Where: Oak Hill Mansion - Carmel

SW Indiana YA Roundtable
When: October 18 @ 11:00 AM (CST)
Where: Oakland City Public Library

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 22 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 14-16
Where: Grand Wayne Convention Center - Fort Wayne

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